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Come And Ride With Us!

 

Cream City Cycle Club  is a Milwaukee-based  bike club with more than 130 active members. CCCC is locally renowned for our schedule of weekly Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday group rides, many overnight camping rides, and our annual Century Classic ride.

 

CCCC rides are suitable for beginning recreational riders and veteran long distance riders alike. Our rides start from convenient Milwaukee metro locations as well as more rural ride starts, and range from 20 miles to 100+ distances during the season.

CCCC works with the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin and is a member of the League of American Bicyclists. We support local bicycling advocacy and cycling-oriented charitable organizations.

Benefits of membership:
  • participate in scenic and challenging bike routes
  • gain proficiency as a cyclist
  • friendship and camaraderie
  • safety and support on longer rides
  • news of upcoming cycling events and bicycling lore
  • discounts at local bike shops

  2016 Santa Cycle Rampage Looms December 3rd

 
 Santa Cycle Rampage, Saturday, Dec. 3rd
 

 

7 am – 9 am – Pre-ride check-in and day-of registration at BelAir Cantina Tosa, 6817 W. North Ave.  Stop here before you ride to check in, get your wrist band, and pick up free candy canes to hand out to kids watching along the ride. BelAir will also be offering a special breakfast with fun prizes. Stay tuned for more details on how to win!

9:30 am – Ride leaves from Cranky Al’s at 69th and North Ave.
10:30 am – Ride ends at Lakefront Brewery, 1872 N Commerce St. (open to Santa and his helpers from 10am – 12pm)

 
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 2017 CCCC Camping Ride Season Is In The Works   

 
 

We are gearing up for the 2017 camping ride season. At this time we have some great camping rides planned. They are a Self contained ride to Bong Recreational Area  May 18 - May,21, Hartman Creek  June 2 - June 4, Kohler Andrae,  June 23 - June 25, Pardeeville July 21 - July23, Point Beach  August 18 - August 20, and Door County  September 14 - September 17. We have ride hosts for all but one camping ride. It is the point Beach ride. Anyone interested in hosting it please  give me a call and I will give you all the details. We welcome any other suggestions for new rides to fill in the schedule. All the details about these rides will be posted on the regular ride schedule at a latter date.

 

The Board of Directors approved a camping fee change this year. Non members of Cream City, Bay View, or Spring City Cycle clubs will be charged an extra $5 per night for camping. This was voted in by the board to promote club membership. Please contact Mark Steckhahn for more information. Mark Steckhahn 414-453-6872 or steck58@att.net.

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 New Cream City Cycle Club Grant Program Launches

 

* * * * Cream City Cycle Club Announces a Non-Renewing Small Grants Program for Area Cycling Organizations. * * * *

 

Cream City Cycle Club (CCCC) has been operating successfully as a bicycle club since its incorporation in 1980 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. The purpose of this club is to stimulate interest and participation in bicycling activities as a way of improving health and fitness, and socialization of its members through an activity based life style. The club currently has 156 active paid members. The club functions by providing opportunities for its members to gather for fun and fitness group rides, social gatherings, and encouragement of participation in other sponsored ride activities around southeastern Wisconsin. The club also provides opportunities for learning new equipment, techniques, technologies, and cycling experiences such as single day rides, supported and unsupported bicycle camping weekends, bicycle touring, and other cycling opportunities that the members bring to the group.

 

CCCC has had continued success over the last few years in raising funds used in support of the interests of its members. One such fund raising event that this club sponsors is the annual CCCC Century ride through the rural countryside of SE Wisconsin. The success of this event has allowed the CCCC to amass sufficient funds for its operating costs, and a small surplus that we wish to disburse via a non-renewing grant to worthy cycling-related organizations in the area.

 

Grants Purposes:

 

CCCC is interested in funding opportunities that promote new activities or new opportunities to grow or educate the cycling community, especially activities with long-term benefits to bicycling. This CCCC grant program is not intended to support fund-raising events for non-cycling opportunities, such as a “Ride to Cure Disease”, or “Ride to Help Build a Sports Complex”. The Club is interested in funding opportunities that grow cycling resources like bike trails, or educate the public in cycling safety, or cycling impact on road safety, or other similar programs.

 

Application Process:

 

Each organization requesting grant funds should complete the application process as outlined in the application form. Click on the button below to obtain a downloadable, printable .pdf form.

 

Emphasis should be placed on an explanation of:

  • How the funds would be used within your organization;
  • How will your project or fund usage improve the cycling community in general, and specifically within your activity;
  • Explain if these grant funds will be used solely for one purpose, or would the funds be part of a larger fund application;
  • Identify other sources of revenue for your project;
  • Application for funds through this program will usually be limited to $500; (please justify application requests for greater amounts;
  • Submit your application according to the outlined procedure before November 30, 2016;
  • Include documentation of the 501c3 status of your organization, or sponsoring organization.
  • Mail completed form to: President, Cream City Cycle Club, P.O.Box 894, Milwaukee, WI  53201-0894

 

CCCC expects final recipients will be announced by December 20, 2016, and grant awards delivered by December 31, 2016.

 

Questions and/or comments regarding the application process should be addressed to Grant Application Program by clicking on this link and sending us an email from the Contact Us window: GrantAdmin@creamcitycycleclub.com

 

 

 

 

 

   2016 New Ride Guidelines and Ride Leader Notes

 

 

Weekend Ride Start Times

 

The ride start times for April and October will continue to be 10:00 AM.  The starting times for the majority of the May through September rides will be 9:00.  Please note the start times when planning to attend a ride.

 
New, revised ride cancellation policy! If a Ride Leader is not assigned to an upcoming ride by midnight of the Thursday preceding the ride date, the ride will be CANCELLED!
                        

 

2016 Weekend Ride Guidelines

 

  • Non-members are allowed to ride a Cream City CC ride ONE TIME as a guest. Then they will need to join the club and ride as active members.
  • All Cream City CC members will need to print their own cue sheets by downloading them from the CCCC website Documents Library and printing them out or uploading them to their smartphone app. The route MAPS are not currently available on the CCCC website. Members will need to provide their own maps for any scheduled weekend ride. There will be no ride packets provided at ride starts. Wednesday Ride cue sheets will usually be provided by the Wednesday Ride leaders. 
  • There are a few .gpx or .tcx files now added to the Document Library, provided by individual club members. These are unofficial and unverified for accuracy compared to the printed cue sheets, but they are available for members riding with GPS devices. 
 

Ride Leaders

 

  • Ride Leaders will need to print out the new all-in-one signup and waiver form and complete it, making sure that all riders have signed in. Please verify that all riders are CCCC members.
  • Non-members are allowed to ride only ONE TIME as guests. Then they need to join the club before riding again.
  • You should have at least 5 copies of the cue sheet with you for riders who failed to bring their own. Otherwise riders without cue sheets will need to ride with the group of their ability on that day’s ride. Ride Leaders can download the Ride Signup Form from here or from the Document Library.
 
       
  • The Ride Leader will start the ride having grouped riders by their ability or chosen ride pace and ride with the group of similar pace, or is most in need of Ride Leader support.
  •  At the end of each ride, the Ride Leader is to return the sign-up sheet to the Ride Committee by scanning it and sending it to:

Or mail it to: Cream City Cycle Club

                        c/o Ride Committee

                        P.O. Box 894,

                        Milwaukee, WI, 53201-0894

 
CCCC Ride Leader Sign-Up
 
To volunteer to be a Ride Leader on a CCCC ride, click on the button below to send an email to the Ride Committee. Be sure to note the Ride Name, Ride Date, and Distance you want to lead, and your contact information, if it isn't in the CCCC Member Directory. 
 

 

Weekend Ride Pace Scale

 

We have also added a new ride pace scale to our rides so that our riders know what to expect.

Pacing averages will be as follows:

"A" = 16 mph and above. Fast pace, sometimes over 20 MPH, dropping allowed. You will need to keep that pace to stay with the group.

"B" = 13-16 mph - Average pace, might get to 20 mph, will regroup at mid points, no-drop riding.
"C" = 10-13 mph - Recreational pace, might get up to 18 mph, will regroup at mid points. No-drop riding will be enforced on the ride.
"D" = 10 mph or less - Group riding at this pace. We will go at the speed of the group. No-drop riding will be enforced on the ride.


   Wednesday Morning Social Rides

 

The club offers rides on Wednesday mornings that are designed to be social rides whereby the riders ride together and no one is left behind.  Most of these rides start at an eating establishment where the group has lunch afterwards.   See  creamcitycycleclub.com for the ride starting times and locations.

 

Thursday Evening Social Rides

 

The ride schedule includes rides on first Thursday evening of the month (May through September) provided there is a preassigned ride leader. These rides are designated as “Thirsty Thursday” rides. They start at 6:00 PM from local parks and are less than 20 miles in length based on the amount of remaining daylight.  After the ride, stick around for some social interaction and to quench your thirst at a nearby venue.  See creamcitycycleclub.com for the ride starting times and locations.

  

CCCC Camping Rides

 

PREREGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL RIDES IN ORDER TO GUARANTEE YOUR TENT SPACE.

When space is limited, priority will be given to club members up to 2 weeks before the trip. So, don’t be disappointed. Call the trip leader in advance.

 

The cost for the camp site will be $5 per person per night for all participants.  A two night minimum charge will be required, except for the Self-contained riders.

 

Ride types

Looped:  Also known as car camping. Drive a car or carpool to the chosen campground and put up your tent for the weekend. All Cream City rides start at the campground and loop back to the start.

Self-contained: Carry all your gear with you on the ride to the campground. Everything, clothing, tent, etc. you need for yourself is contained on your bike. (No sags here)

 


Recent Club Event Photos

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2016 Weekend Rides

 

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  2013 CCCC Year-End Member Survey Results Are In!

 
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CCCC Website Handy Tip #1

Here's an easy way to open the CCCC Ride & Events Calendar with one click, right from your Windows Desktop. (Sorry, Mac users, you'll have to do this with a Mac function). 

1. Right click anywhere on your PC desktop.
2. Select New > Shortcut from the popup menu.
3. In the Create Shortcut window that opens, in the field labeled "Type the location of the item:     then  enter "http://www.creamcitycycleclub.com/calendar" (without the quotes). 
4. Then click the Next button at bottom right of the window.
5. Type a name for the new shortcut, like "CCCC Web Calendar"
5. Click the Finish button at bottom right of the Create Shortcut window.

A new desktop icon should appear where you right-clicked to start the shortcut. Double clicking the icon should open the CCCC Events Grid View calendar for you.

That's it!











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